Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition that causes mood swings that shift between highs to lows, affecting daily life. Ivan Walks, MD, at Integrated Health Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a highly skilled psychiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder. To get help with your mood swings, call the office or book your telemedicine appointment online today.
Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depression, is a chronic mental health condition that causes uncontrollable and excessive changes in mood. People with bipolar disorder swing from periods of feeling very happy and up (mania) to periods of feeling very sad and low (depression).
The mood disorder most often develops during young adulthood, but can affect children and teens. It’s not uncommon for people with bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed with other conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a personality disorder.
Getting the right diagnosis is key for getting the right treatment. Dr. Walks is an experienced psychiatrist who conducts a comprehensive assessment to determine the cause of your mental and emotional changes.
Mania and depression are the two main symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Mania is when your mood is up. You feel happy and energetic, but also irritable and quick to anger. Some people with bipolar disorder experience periods of euphoria, creating episodes where they feel overconfident and full of energy that may lead to poor decision-making.
Depression is when you feel sad, low, and anxious. You may also feel restless, tired, and unmotivated.
Depression is the more common symptom of bipolar disorder. However, you must have periods of mania or hypomania to have bipolar disorder.
You can expect a patient-centered consultation when you visit Integrated Health Resources with concerns about bipolar disorder. Dr. Walks starts with a thorough assessment that includes a review of your symptoms, daily routine, and medical and mental health history.
He may also perform psychological testing to gain a better understanding of your current emotional state.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition and requires long-term treatment. After confirming a diagnosis, Dr. Walks spends time talking to you about your mental well-being and the treatments that can help stabilize your mood.
Treatment for bipolar disorder includes medication management with mood stabilizers or antidepressants and psychotherapy. Dr. Walks also encourages eating a balanced diet and getting regular physical activity.
Bipolar disorder is an ongoing mental health condition that can help with therapy. Call Integrated Health Resources or schedule an appointment online today to get the treatment you need.